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'''Lyman Frank Baum''' (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919), better known by his pen name '''L. Frank Baum''', was an American author chiefly known for his children's books, particularly ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz''. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost works", 83 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts,42 titles are known yet extent writings have yet to be found. and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen. His works anticipated such century-later commonplaces as television, augmented reality, laptop computers (''The Master Key (novel)|The Master Key''), wireless telephones (''Tik-Tok of Oz''), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations (''Mary Louise in the Country''), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (''Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work'').
PseudonymGeorge Brooks, Louis F. Baum, Laura Bancroft, Suzanne Metcalf, Capt. Hugh Fitzgerald, Schuyler Staunton, Edith Van Dyne, Floyd Akers, John Estes Cooke
Birth nameLyman Frank Baum
Birth date{{birth date|1856|05|15|mf=y}}
Birth placeChittenango, New York, U.S.
Death date{{death date and age|1919|05|06|1856|05|15|mf=y}}
Death placeHollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
OccupationAuthor, newspaper editing|editor, actor, screenwriter, film producer
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